Chrome Overtakes Safari As Number 3 Browser

Google's Chrome browser isn't even two years old but it scored a huge win this week when it overtook Apple's Safari as the number three browser in the U.S. According to StatCounter, Chrome overtook Safari last week and is now the third-most-popular browser behind Internet Explorer and Firefox.

As it stands, Chrome accounts or 8.97 percent of the browser market, with Safari coming in just behind with 8.88 percent. Microsoft's Internet Explorer remains the number one browser for the U.S. with a market share of 52 percent, followed by Mozilla Firefox with 28.5 percent.

"This is quite a coup for Google as they have gone from zero to almost 10 percent of the U.S. market in under two years," said Aodhan Cullen, CEO of StatCounter. "There is a battle royal going on between Google and Apple in the internet browser space (Chrome v Safari) as well as in the mobile market (Android v iPhone)."

According to StatCounter, Chrome has been miles ahead of Safari in the global browser market for quite some time. The Google browser accounts for 9.4 percent of the market compared to 4 percent for Safari.

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  • cobra5000
    Hey Safari...HA HA!
    - Nelson
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  • gm0n3y
    This is because most Mac users don't even use Safari. I bet that a good portion of those Safari hits are from iPhones (no viable alternatives).

    I have to say though that I can see Chrome overtaking Firefox in another year or 2. Its just so much faster and more stable. Once it catches up a bit more in the plugin realm, it will be far and away the better choice.
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  • wallpaper
    Internet browser....operating system soon to follow....Google will soon take over the world....
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  • cobra5000
    Hey Safari...HA HA!
    - Nelson
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  • nbelote
    How about a local counter? Where do we stand as far as browser usage for THG?
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  • gm0n3y
    This is because most Mac users don't even use Safari. I bet that a good portion of those Safari hits are from iPhones (no viable alternatives).

    I have to say though that I can see Chrome overtaking Firefox in another year or 2. Its just so much faster and more stable. Once it catches up a bit more in the plugin realm, it will be far and away the better choice.
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